Could Tourists Climbing Uluru help Indigenous Australians?
Maria Billias’ piece, “Could Tourists Climbing Uluru help Indigenous Australians?” (published in The Daily Telegraph on 25/4/16) responds to the advantages and disadvantages of climbing Uluru. Billias contends that by climbing Uluru, tourists support economic advancements towards Indigenous Australians. Her solemn and alarmed tone is expressed through formal and indirect language. Appealing to an audience of all Australian citizens and any visitors/tourists to Central Australia.
The headline “Could Tourists Climbing Uluru help Indigenous Australians?” is an outline of the contention which gives the reader a general overview of what the piece is about and demonstrates what to expect within the segment. The image of tourists reading the Anangu Plea not to climb is however more complicated. Throughout the article, the Anangu is mentioned a number of times. Anangu is simply another term for Australian Aborigine. Anangu implore tourists not to climb, as they put themselves at risk, which genuinely worries and upsets the Aborigines. However, if safety precautions were put in place to ensure a risk free environment, then there would be need to remove the opportunity to climb Uluru. The image is a way of displaying a disadvantage to climbing it, which then leads to a counter argument to reinforce the contention.
Initially, Billias refers to statistics regarding those who previously and currently climb Uluru. Billias states that if less than 20% of tourists climb Uluru, the practise will be legally stopped. In doing this, she emphasizes the fact that there is only a small portion of the population that is...